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« on: April 11, 2005 10:32:39 AM »

Hey everybody. Sorry if this has been posted in the past but I couldn't find it if it was. Anyways the problem is...

I'm trying to learn how to use DPN's for the first time. I GET how to use them but by the time I get to the 2nd or 3rd round my stitches are so insanely tight on the needle that I can't knit anymore (for fear that I will BREAK the needles!) It's crazy.

What am I doing wrong?

« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2005 08:55:58 PM »

Hi - how tightly are you pulling the working yarn after every stitch?  If your stitches are too tight, you're pulling way too hard.  Try forcing yourself to knit very very loosely, and pull each stitch through a little further, as you make it, so you have looser loops on your needles.  If that doesn't help, post a photo of what you're doing so we can see it and hopefully we can help.  don't give up yet!
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2005 09:57:58 PM »

This week has been so crazy  Tongue  I haven't had time to use your suggestion until now. But you were so right.

I was only practicing with a few stitches on each needle. I had read a lot about the "ladders" and loose stitches that DPN beginners have and wanted to avoid that. Apparently I took that "do the first couple of stitches on each needle really tight" thing to the extreme.  hehe.  I loosened up a bit.

I've now done about 3 inches on my first sock! I'm using a set of 5 size 3 DPNs. I'm just doing the Magic Stripes easy socks from Lion Brand (beginner socks I think). I think the color is Jellybean. I really like the way it's looking so far.

Anyways, thanks so much for your help!  Grin

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